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    A TIKTOKER recounted the time a friend of hers would “hard launch” guys on the first date, earning a lot of debate in the comments section. When it comes to a relationship, the term hard launch is used when one or both members of a couple explicitly announce they are together via social media or other platforms. 2A TikToker revealed that her friend 'hard launches' her first dates on her InstagramCredit: Getty By sharing a photo of the two of them kissing or writing a caption referring to one or the other as "boyfriend" or "girlfriend," the pairing is being hard launched as a couple. The term is often associated with celebrities officially announcing their relationships, such as Kim Kardashian posting an image of Pete Davidson to her Instagram profile and speaking about him on Ellen. Julia Colloca shared that her friend does this each time she goes on a first date. “I once had a friend that would literally hard launch first dates with guys,” Julia wrote. READ MORE LIFESTYLETALK SHOP Walmart making $75m change to stores but it's bad news if you hate self-checkoutSPOOKY SAVINGS...
    AMAZON is trialing a new feature on its app and it's not what you may expect. The tech giant is adding a video and photo style feed that's similar to TikTok. 1Amazon is said to be trialling a new TikTok-style featureCredit: Amazon The feature lets users see products they may want to buy. According to the Wall Street Journal, the trial video feed is currently available to a small number of Amazon employees. They can reportedly share videos with each other. Amazon isn't the first big tech company to try and copy a TikTok-style feature. Read more on TikTokTOP TIKTOK What is the most viewed TikTok?KEEPIN' IT RANDOM TikTok's Johnny Cash 'Ring of Fire' trend explained Instagram recently received a large amount of backlash for making its app similar to the short clip platform. Big names like Kim Kardashian even spoke out about the Instagram changes. It's currently unclear whether Amazon will keep its TikTok-like feed. Some features that are tried in beta versions of apps never make it to the real thing. Most read in News TechTINY HITCHHIKERS Space...
    IF you're having problems with dark mode on Facebook then you're not alone. Users across the world have complained that the feature has mysteriously stopped working on their iPhone. 1Droves of people complain to Facebook on Twitter An annoying glitch is causing the app to revert back to the traditional bright mode each time you open it. Dark mode swaps white and other bright colours for darker tones and black, which not only puts less strain on your eyes but can save battery as well. It's become super popular in recent years across apps including WhatsApp, Instagram and Google Chrome. The issue on Facebook appears to have started after a recent app update. Read more about FacebookZUCK OFF Facebook AI bot thinks MUSK should buy firm – but it likes another tech titan moreMEET THY MAKER Facebook robot brands Mark Zuckerberg as 'creepy and manipulative' 379.0, the latest version of Facebook's iOS app, was designed to "fix some crashes and make features load faster" according to the firm's own release notes. Instead, it seems to have created new problems altogether....
    TIKTOK users have created yet another trend on the social media app. The photo swipe trend has introduced a new way to view and post photos. 1The TikTok photo swipe trend allows users to post slideshows set to musicCredit: Getty What is the photo swipe trend on TikTok? TikTok has incorporated a new feature following Instagram's swipe feature when posting photos. The app has now introduced its own version of photo swiping with a twist. Users are now able to combine photo slideshows set to music and are still able to add stickers, filters, text, and other features that could previously be used when posting a photo. While the photo swipe feature has been rolled out, it is not yet available to all users as TikTok is slowly granting access to users. READ MORE ON THE US SUNKEEP IT DOWN What to know about the Moonshine Cherries trend on TikTokJUST KEEP SWIMMING What is the 'Hi, I'm Dory' trend on TikTok? – here's how to do it How can I use the photo swipe feature? Using the photo swipe feature...
    IN recent years, Instagram has been adding new features to its platform that allows users more control over the design of their page. Now, the company has launched a new feature that allows users to pin certain posts to the top of their profile. 2Instagram allows users to pin up to three posts to the top of their pagesCredit: Instagram What is pin to profile on Instagram? Instagram has officially followed in the footsteps of Pinterest, Twitter, and TikTok and is now allowing users to keep their most popular posts at the forefront of their page. Now users can pin up to three posts to the top of their pages, and it will look like they just recently posted them. The posts can either be pictures or reels. Read More on The US SunINSTA-SWITCH Instagram reveals HUGE makeover – did you spot the surprising changes?CODE RED Warning for ALL Instagram users – you must read new 'danger alert' pop-up According to The Verge, the feature has been in the works since the beginning of the...
    TIKTOK is slowly making itself a full-package platform. The social media app's newest story feature is bringing competition to Instagram. 2TikTok is testing out it's new story feature How to post stories on TikTok? TikTok is rolling out its new story feature for app-loving users. It's clear that the company is competing for user attention with Instagram. The story feature on TikTok will be quite similar to Instagram's - with content lasting 24hours before it disappears - but with its own mini twists. Read more on The US SunART PROJECT Learn about the Picasso TikTok soundTIKTOK COINS How TikTok users can buy recharge coins explained Users will be able to see how many people viewed their stories and even add comments, but unlike on Instagram, they won't be able to see which users viewed their stories. “Currently, we’re expanding a pilot test, which provides creators with additional formats to bring their creative ideas to life for the TikTok community,” a spokesperson told Tech Crunch. "To post a story, click the 'post' button on the bottom center navigation bar of...
    INSTAGRAM could be planning to bring back a way to see what your friends like on the platform. The social network dramatically removed the following activity tab in 2019 amid concerns it was being used to snoop on people. 2Could a feature to see what friends like be revived?Credit: @alex193a But a screenshot revealed by prolific leaker Alessandro Paluzzi suggests the app could be working on a new way to see what others are up to. Apparently, a "liked by friends" feature will appear on the Explore section. As ever with leaks, it still appears to be in the development stages and Instagram bosses may well decide not to go ahead with it. Nevertheless, some will be worried how such an option could be exploited by stalkers. Read more about InstagramDON'T LOOK NOW I’m a dating expert - you should never watch your man’s Instagram storiesOFF THE GRAM How to deactivate your Instagram account - and get it back again Commenters on Twitter think Instagram might allow users to disable it to allay fears. "I'm almost sure they will let...
    Twitter appears to be mimicking Instagram with its latest feature in the works, called 'Flock'. Flock will give users the choice to share their tweets with a 'flock' of up to 150 people, Rome-based mobile developer Alessandro Paluzzi revealed in screenshots.  Twitter users outside of this 'flock' won't be able to like, comment, retweet or even see the tweet.  A Twitter developer previewed Flock last year under a different name – 'Trusted Friends' – although it's not known if it will definitely roll out.  Flock sounds very similar to an Instagram feature called Close Friends, which lets users limit how many people can see their Instagram Stories.  Flock is yet to be confirmed by Twitter, but mobile developer Alessandro Paluzzi has shared supposed screenshots of how it would look HOW WOULD FLOCK WORK?  Users would be able to select up to 150 people to form their 'flock'. Before users post a tweet, they'd be able to choose whether the tweet is seen publicly or just users who form their flock.  Users who form the flock won't be notified if they're removed from the...
    INSTAGRAM is testing a new feature that could see you get likes on your Stories. The like count will be private so only you will see it and only select users will be involved in the initial test. 1If you see this message you're likely part of the Instagram Story likes testCredit: Twitter Meta, which owns Instagram, has said the new feature is not broadly available but a few select people across the globe will be able to see it. It also explained that there aren't any plans to make the Stories like count visible. This will be good news for people who already feel the pressure of getting Instagram likes. Instagram has previously brought out features to tackle this pressure like the "Hide like count feature" on posts. A Meta spokesperson told TechCrunch: "We’re always working on ways to help people connect with those they care about. "We’re now testing Story Likes, a way for people to react to stories that only the story author can see." Most read in News TechSTORMY SKIES Nasa reveals stunning image of storm...
    Instagram is testing a new feature that gives users reminders when they’ve spent too long on the app. The feature, called Take a Break, lets users opt-in to receive prompts to stop using the photo-sharing app – every 10, 20 or 30 minutes.  Take a Break is rolling out as part of a test for a small sample of Instagram users, but all accounts could get it 'in a month or two'.  If it does get a full rollout following user feedback, Take a Break could help cut 'Instagram addiction', which has been linked to harmful effects on mental health.   The prompt says: 'Want a break? Regular breaks can help you reset. You can now turn on reminders to take breaks when it makes sense for you.'  Users then have the chance to tap 'Turn on' or 'Not now'. If they select 'Turn on', they can choose to get reminders to take a break for either 10, 20 or 30 minutes.  Instagram then offers users helpful suggestions of what they can do instead of scrolling Instagram. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    Instagram has launched a new feature that allows users some control over how naughty their feed looks. On Tuesday, the company unveiled its 'Sensitive Content Control' feature, which determines how much risqué content shows up in Explore, the section where posts from users you don't follow appears.  Posts filtered from you feed might include sexually suggestive or violent images that don't go so far as to break Instagram's community guidelines.  'We believe people should be able to shape Instagram into the experience that they want,' the Facebook-owned platform said in a statement. It compared the new 'Sensitive Content Control' feature to earlier updates that allow users to turn off comments on posts and restrict other Instagrammers from interacting with them. Scroll down for video  Instagram's new Sensitive Content Control feature allows users to determine how much potentially objectionable content appears in Explore, the section where posts from users you don't follow appears Instagram already bans pornography, hate speech, graphically violent images, content that encourages self-harm or suicide, and posts attempting to sell or trade firearms or drugs. But the sensitive content...
    INSTAGRAM is making it easier for you to publicly display your pronouns on your profile. The platform has added a new feature so users can let people know how they'd like to be referred to, which might be "she/her" or "they/them". 2The new 'Pronouns' section appears under 'Edit Profile'Credit: Instagram You can pick up to four pronouns but can add more in the Bio section if you wish. Users will also get to choose whether their pronouns are only viewable to followers or can be seen by the public. Instagram has 28 pronouns you can select from including a lot of non-gender specific pronouns like "ze/zir/zie". You can't select pronouns that aren't on the list below. Instagram PronounsHere's all the pronouns you can select under Instagram's new pronoun feature... He Him His She Her Hers They Them Theirs Ze Zir Zie Hir Per Pers Xe Xem Xyr Fae Faer Ve Ver Vis Vi Vir e/ey em eir Anyone who would like a new pronoun added to the list can fill out a form and suggest the addition...
    Instagram said Wednesday that it will soon unveil a new feature that will filter offensive words, phrases and emojis from direct messages. The profanity filter will also make it harder for trolls who are already blocked to contact people by creating new accounts. Although the Facebook-owned site didn’t share examples of offensive words, it did say on its company blog that users will be able to decide which words, phrases and emojis they wish to block or avoid receiving in their message requests. By turning on the filter in Instagram’s privacy settings, users can also report, delete or open messages, which will be sorted into a hidden requests folder, Instagram said. Additionally, when the feature is turned on, Instagram will automatically filter out a “predefined list of offensive terms” that the company and “leading anti-discrimination and anti-bullying organizations” came up with together. In recent years, Instagram has been expanding its efforts to combat hate speech and online abuse on its platform, which is used by more teens and young adults than Facebook. Instagram said on...
    The tiny red hearts that appear under Instagram photos of kids, kittens and sandwiches can be a source of stress for many users, an insidious way of measuring self-worth and popularity. Now Facebook says it’s going to test out — again — an option for users to hide those “like” counts to see if it can reduce the pressure of being on social media. Instagram, which Facebook owns, will soon allow a small group of random users to decide whether or not they want to see the number of likes their posts and those of others receive. The social media giant says it’s also exploring the feature for Facebook. Comments will still be available for people who chose to hide likes — they just won’t see whether it was 2, 20 or 20,000 people who liked their posts. Instagram began hiding likes in 2019. While many users welcomed the feature, others, including some influencers, worried it might take away from the social media experience. At the time, the platform didn’t give users a choice to hide or unhide the like counts. Facebook-owned...
    The tiny red hearts that appear under Instagram photos of kids, kittens and sandwiches can be a source of stress for many users, an insidious way of measuring self worth and popularity. Now Facebook says it’s going to test out — again — an option for users to hide those “like” counts to see if it can reduce the pressure of being on social media. Instagram, which Facebook owns, will soon allow a small group of random users to decide whether or not they want to see the number of likes their posts and those of others receive. The social media giant says it’s also exploring the feature for Facebook. Comments will still be available for people who chose to hide likes — they just won’t see whether it was 2, 20 or 20,000 people who liked their posts. Instagram began hiding likes in 2019. While many users welcomed the feature, others, including some influencers, worried it might take away from the social media experience. At the time, the platform didn’t give users a choice to hide or...
    Instagram has launched a new feature this afternoon – and TikTok fans will likely recognise it. The Facebook-owned app has introduced Reels Remix, allowing users to creation reaction videos to other Reels on the app. The feature is much like TikTok's Duet feature, which launched back in 2017, enabling users to respond to other users' clip, and interact with the original video. Scroll down for video  Instagram has introduced Reels Remix, allowing users to creation reaction videos to other Reels on the app How to create a Reels Remix 1. Open the Instagram app and tap on the Reels icon at the centre of the bottom bar 2. Find a Reel you'd like to react to, and tap on the three dot menu, before selecting 'Remix this Reel'  3. Record your video and then edit it, using the slider icon at the top to edit the volume for the original audio and your recorderd audio, and the microphone icon to record your own voiceover 4. Once you're happy with your video, simply post it to Instagram and it will appear on...
    (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Monday it was testing a feature on Instagram that allows some content creators in India to share short video clips, known as reels, on their Facebook accounts. In the test, some Indian users who create the 30-second long reels on Instagram will have the option of having them recommended on Facebook. Additionally, the social media giant said it will have its own version of the reels feature on the main app. "In India, we're testing the ability for Instagram creators to choose to have their Reels recommended on Facebook... creators can reach new audiences and people can create and discover more entertaining content," a Facebook spokeswoman told Reuters. Instagram's reels feature is the company's version of ByteDance's TikTok wherein users can record short mobile-friendly videos, and add special effects and soundtracks pulled from a music library. It was launched close on the heels of TikTok's ban in India June last year, after the Chinese app created a craze among Indian users for short videos. The success of TikTok has prompted many social media companies to add...
    WHATSAPP is reportedly working on a self-destructing photos feature in a move that could make it similar to Snapchat. Apparently, users will be able to view an image once but it will disappear when they exit a chat and they won't be able to save it. WhatsApp is working on self-destructing photos in a future update for iOS and Android.• Self-destructing photos cannot be exported from WhatsApp.• WhatsApp didnt implement a screenshot detection for self-destructing photos yet.Same concept from Instagram Direct. ⏱ pic.twitter.com/LLsezVL2Hj— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) March 3, 2021 The feature was spotted by WhatsApp experts WABetaInfo in a beta version of the app. WABetaInfo tweeted screenshots of the feature which showed a blurred image appearing next to a message that said "tap to view". It also spotted a notification that pops up to users which says: "This media will disappear once you leave this chat". WABetaInfo said: "WhatsApp is working on self-destructing photos in a future update for iOS and Android. 1WABetaInfo posted screenshots of it trying out the featureCredit: WABetaInfo "Self-destructing photos cannot be exported from WhatsApp. ...
    Instagram might try to emulate another element of TikTok’s design with a new vertical feed for Stories, TechCrunch reports. Navigating with vertical swipes up and down would make stories behave more like Reels, the shortform video feature the company added to better compete with TikTok. The vertical stories feed is not currently being tested, Instagram confirmed to TechCrunch, but code for the change is already in development based on this screenshot developer Alessandro Paluzzi shared. It’s not much to go on, but it does show Instagram is at least considering the adjustment to its ever-expanding features. Mimicking Reels (which, in turn, was heavily “inspired” by TikTok) would unify Instagram’s various feeds in some sense. If Stories became a vertical experience, it would not only match Reels, but also the app’s original feature: scrolling the feed. IGTV would still function a bit differently, though; those videos are buried in a vertical grid in profiles but feature horizontal navigation once you start watching. In an interview with Instagram head Adam Mosseri for the Decoder podcast, he said 2020 was about “placing...
    It’s New Year’s Eve, which means that your Instagram feed — if it’s anything like mine — is probably filled with people posting “top nine” grids of their most liked photos from this year. But, bafflingly, for yet another year, everyone will be turning to sketchy-looking third-party apps and sites to make them. Because once again, Instagram has failed to offer an official, automated way to curate the images within the app. As someone who personally enjoys using the top nine format to look back on a year of baked good photos, I’m left utterly confused by this. Users seem to love putting together the collages to look back on their past year of posts. Instagram even already offered grid tools for posting photos to your story in different layouts. And it certainly has access to the data. Just look at the popularity of Spotify’s Wrapped year in review feature, which has come to dominate December with users showing off their most streamed songs, genres, and stats. Instagram has to be aware of the trend — Instagram stories are...
    Instagram’s transformation into a digital shopping mall is just about complete. The company is officially bringing its shopping features to Reels, just four months after the feature first launched. The app had previously tested shopping in its TikTok-like feature, but hadn’t made the feature widely available until now. With the change, Reels can now include product tags, which enable users to view and buy specific products mentioned in the video. Video makers can also use tags specifically for branded content as well. 
    Loading the player... Streaming giant Spotify is testing out a feature similar to the stories found on Snapchat.  The feature is currently available on the site’s Christmas Hits playlist. Artists including Jennifer Lopez and Kelly Clarkson are featured, sharing personal holiday anecdotes. A version also showed up on a version of Megan Thee Stallion’s recently-released album, Good News.  Streaming giant Spotify is testing out a feature similar to the stories found on Snapchat. (Getty Images) In a statement to Endgadget, the company confirmed that the rollout is a test but noted users may ultimately be able to use the feature to add their short videos.  “At Spotify, we routinely conduct a number of tests in an effort to improve our user experience,” said a Spotify spokesperson. “Some of those tests end up paving the path for our broader user experience, and others serve only as an important learning. We have no further news to share on future plans at this time.” Read More: US surpasses 4 million COVID-19 cases in November The story feature has been added to many social...
    YOU can now search for content on Instagram using just keywords. This means you can easily find photos that have a certain word in the caption without them needing to have that specific word as a hashtag. 2The feature is rolling out in the US and the UKCredit: Getty Images - Getty The new feature is thanks to a recent Instagram update. According to The Verge, the keyword tool will be able for English-speaking users in six countries. These countries include the UK, US, Ireland, and Canada. Before this update, you could only search for hashtags, account names or locations. 2You can currently only search for certain keywordsCredit: Instagram The feature started rolling out from November 17 so you may need to update your Instagram app to use it. Instagram will be taking into account a number of factors when it chooses what posts to show you based on your keyword. These will include the caption, the type of content and the date it was posted. Machine learning will also be used to workout what content is relevant to you....
    DAVID Beckham is the picture of a doting dad as he spends some quality time with daughter Harper baking cookies at their Cotswolds home. The former professional footballer, 45, spent a cosy evening indoors making baking sweet treats with his youngest child. 6David Beckham and daughter Harper spent an evening making cookiesCredit: Instagram / Victoria Beckham The father and daughter duo showed off their incredible baking and icing skills. Wearing a white chef's hat and apron, Harper got into the festive spirit by icing her cookie with shapes of Christmas bells. David looked like a pro in the kitchen as he carefully iced his cookies after Harper got "bored". David shared the sweet clip on social media and hilariously asked his best pal Gordan Ramsay for any cooking tips. 6David took his time to carefully ice his cookiesCredit: Instagram / Victoria Beckham He captioned it: "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas CHEF  ????‍???? #HarperSeven @gordongram any tips ? ????‍????." A number of fans said that watching the pair bake together had brightened up their day, with one writing: "Daddy and daughter time, so cute❤️."...
    Instagram Reels CHRIS DELMAS/AFP via Getty Images Instagram is rolling out a new update that prioritizes Reels, its TikTok competitor, as well as Instagram's recently expanded Shopping features. The Reels and Shopping icons are now where the "new post" and notificiations tabs were, and those have been moved to the top-right corner of the screen.  Some Instagram users and influencers have already criticized the new layout, including beauty guru James Charles, who posted an angry rant about it.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Instagram is rolling out a new update that radically changes the app's layout, and so far people seem to hate it. The new layout of the app's homepage, or timeline, moves the notifications tab and the "new post" creation function to the upper-right corner, where direct messages are located. Now, anchored at the bottom of the screen are the shortcuts to Instagram Reels and Instagram Shopping.  The new design centralizes the Reels and Shopping shortcuts. Instagram This changes the functionality of getting notifications and creating content for Instagram. Previously, your notifications...
    People are silhouetted against the Instagram logo at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images Facebook-owned Instagram will start testing shopping through its short-form video feature Reels later this year in an effort to monetize the recently launched TikTok clone. Instagram will also add shopping to IGTV, where users can watch longer videos, starting Monday. Monday's move will appeal to creators and brands who routinely look to monetize their efforts on the app. They  will be able to add shopping tags to their posts, so users can tap on the item and shop either through the Instagram app or a retailer's site. Facebook has been intertwining more shopping features on Instagram over the last couple years. Most recently, it began testing a dedicated "Shop" tab on its home screen this summer. Users can already shop through regular Instagram posts, Live, Stories and its Explore feed. While the effort to add shopping to Reels was expected, it's still a quick rollout since the feature only launched two months ago. But adding the shopping feature soon could...
    She came in like a wrecking ball with her new song on Instagram. Miley Cyrus released a teaser Wednesday for her forthcoming track “Midnight Sky” by posting it on Instagram using a nifty feature from the app’s new video platform, Reels. In a clip showcasing the new tune, the genre-bending singer poses cooly in sunglasses, layered necklaces and a white tank top in front of a neon sign reading “disco” while the groovy notes play in the background. Her jewelry and shades glisten with digitally edited sparkles as she moves through the pink light in the video captioned, “Tease.” In a separate post, Cyrus directly called out the new feature, writing: “MIDNIGHT SKY – teaser available on Instagram Reels.” The 27-year-old — who is set to release a new album called “She Is Miley Cyrus” — drummed up excitement about the app’s latest TikTok-like feature, and Reels was trending on Twitter shortly after. Cyrus has yet to announce an official release date for her seventh album.  Instagram announced the release of Reels Wednesday in 50 different countries and will...
    Facebook's Instagram is launching its answer to the hit short video app TikTok — Instagram Reels. Instagram Reels will let users record and edit 15-second multi-clip videos with audio, and will let users add visual effects. Users will be able to share Reels with followers on Instagram in a dedicated section called Reels in Explore, or in the Story feature where posts disappear after 24 hours. The Reels option will be available at the bottom of the Instagram camera feature. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Facebook has a long tradition of cloning competitive services. The Instagram "Story" feature, which lets people share photos and videos that expire in 24 hours, is similar to Snapchat. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced tough questioning about the company's habit of copying rivals before a congressional hearing on July 29. Now, though, TikTok is under fire, possibly opening an opportunity for Facebook. Microsoft is in talks to buy parts of TikTok in what would be a forced sale following threats from President Donald Trump to ban the Chinese-owned video app, which claims...
    TikTok : Reels, the new Instagram tool 1:24 (. Business) – Instagram believes it can do TikTok better than TikTok, and this August people will be able to decide for themselves. Instagram announced on Friday that it is preparing to launch its own video-sharing feature with music and audio, Reels, in the United States and in 50 other countries, just a week after starting to test the platform in India. The Reels announcement comes as TikTok is in a weakened position, after India banned the app and the Donald Trump government indicated it could do the same. Reels will allow people to record and edit 15-second videos with music and audio, and upload them to their stories and Instagram’s Explore feature. The official release date has yet to be announced. Ban TikTok, an option the US has contemplated 3:04 Instagram and its parent company, Facebook, have a history of mimicking new features in other apps, and succeeding. In 2016, the company released Stories, which allow people to share content that disappears after 24 hours. Eight months later,...
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